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Strategic Planning Retreat
 
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Board of Directors and staff participated in a day-long Strategic Planning Retreat to discuss our organization's short and long-term strategies for connecting, protecting, and restoring the Corridor. 
Pictured left to right: (First row) Maddie Southard, Sue Williams, Amanda Moore, Renée Athey, Lindsay Cross, Tready Smith, and Joshua Bomstein. (Second row) Carlton Ward Jr, Bert Martin, Kristen Brand, Pamela Adkins, Whit Webster, and Mallory Dimmitt.
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Executive Director, Lindsay Cross, met with Board members and staff of the Putnam Land Conservancy along the beautiful St. John's River in Palatka. The 2012 Everglades to Okefenokee expedition traversed through lands owned by this conservancy. Pictured left to right, Timothy Keyser, Lisa Modola, Claude Brown, Lindsay Cross, Robert Virnstein and Willy the Losen.
 

Program Manager, Maddie Southard, presented The Forgotten Coast to the University of Florida/IFAS-Martin County Extension Master Gardeners in Stuart at the Blake library.
Upcoming Events

July 13 6pm:
Wine tasting benefiting the Corridor
Winesmith - St. Pete, FL


July 19 5pm:
The Forgotten Coast
Anglers for Conservation 
Melbourne, FL

July 29 7pm:
The Forgotten Coast
"The Bridge"
Tampa, FL


Aug 11 7pm:
The Forgotten Coast
Get tickets here
New College of Florida  
Sarasota, FL



Sept. 1:
The Forgotten Coast
Florida Gulf Coast University
More Info TBA
Fort Myers, FL



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The Forgotten Coast
More  Screenings TBA


 
Ocala 
Citrus County 
Rollins College
 - Oct. 5th

Partner Progress

 

The North Florida Land Trust recently released a "Preservation Portfolio" which shares their Strategic Conservation Vision. This interactive document identifies 112,000 acres for preservation in Northeast Florida critical to ensure functioning habitat, clean waterways, productive local agriculture and outdoor spaces within this region. These lands will be the focus of their efforts going forward.​

Two of the featured properties in the portfolio, the Etoniah Greenway and Long Branch, are within the Florida Wildlife Corridor. These parcels, totaling nearly 20,000 acres, are particularly important as a critical linkage for the passage of some of Florida’s most emblematic species, including the Florida black bear. 

The properties were identified by assessing 26 different conservation resource attributes, including their beneficial impact to water quality, biodiversity, outdoor recreation, and sea level rise adaptation, to identify the most critical areas in the region.

Peer-reviewed academic research was used to analyze the "value" of ecosystem services provided. Ecosystem services are those benefits we get from maintaining native habitats, like clean water and clean air, and are valued by the cost it would take to replace them with things like wastewater treatment plants and air scrubbers. The ecosystem service analysis was included so that decision makers can see that investments in preservation pay for themselves.            

“The reality is that we are slowly, and bit by bit, losing Northeast Florida. We have in our area two of the most rapidly developing counties in the nation, St. Johns and Flagler Counties. In St. Johns County alone, a small town’s worth of people is relocating there every year - 8,000 people or more. If we want to preserve our land for the future, we must act now,” notes Marc Hudson, Land Protection Director for the North Florida Land Trust.  

You can check out the Preservation Portfolio and learn more about each of these conservation projects here.

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